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Preparing Students for a Global Work Ethic

Monday, April 27, 2009
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

Hotel Allegro
171 W. Randolph
Chicago, IL

Do your students have a global work ethic? Are they prepared to be competitive in the knowledge economy to make a contribution to their communities? Are you prepared to manage the transition from paper as our dominant technology for information to digital content?

This workshop will provide you with practical basic skills of managing information and working with people around the world. We will also discuss strategies for working with colleagues who need to learn new skills. Most importantly, we will focus on designing more rigorous, demanding and motivating assignments for our students

The promise of technology is to redefine the role of the learner and the educator. We have an opportunity to provide students with real work across grades and the curriculum. For example, students can create online tutorials that can benefit everyone in class. We can also teach our students web literacy skills so that they can learn to find their own answers to increasingly complex questions.

Three skills are critical to be competitive: managing vast amounts of information; working with people around the world; and having self discipline (people who need a boss will become too expensive).

Web Literacy
  • Validating web sites
  • Cross referencing content
  • Tracking the history of content
  • Understanding how search engines work
  • Reconciling versions of the truth
  • Designing and publishing content

Global Communication Skills
  • Find & work with collaborators around the world
  • Present to authentic audiences
  • Strengthen relationships with families
  • Contributing to society
  • Publishing content with a global voice

Student who own their learning
  • Curriculum reviewers
  • Curriculum research team
  • Daily scribe
  • Global communication team
  • Tutorial design team
  • Information tool building team

Alan November makes people think, question, and also important, laugh. His background as a dorm counselor for at-risk students, classroom teacher, technology coordinator, alternative school director, city planner, new school designer, university lecturer and years of consulting around the world give him a breadth of understanding and educational experience. Alan's astute observations about the economy, education and technology make him hugely popular, entertaining and engaging. For Alan, it's not the technology itself that it is important; it's the way we use it. His ideas about global communication, collaboration, assessment, and critical thinking have inspired schools, governments and corporations around the world to rethink and redefine their approach to education and technology.

This workshop will take place in Chicago at the Hotel Allegro, 171 West Randolph Street. The Hotel Allegro is located in the heart of downtown Chicago in the busy theatre district in close proximity to the Art Institute and Navy Pier. It is also just minutes from Grant Park, Millennium Park, Lincoln Park and Chicago's beautiful lakefront that stretches for miles.

Click here for directions and parking information for the Hotel Allegro.

Hotel Reservations
Attendees must make their own hotel reservations. ISACS has secured special discounted room rates at the Hotel Allegro: for the night of April 26th at a rate of $259/night plus tax (single or double occupancy). To make a reservation call 1-800-643-1500 and use Group Code: "ISACS Global." Special discounted room rates are available until Monday, April 6, 2009. Click here to use the online booking service.

Registration Fee
  • $275 Member Fee
  • $325 Non Member Fee
  • 10% discount for schools sending teams of two or more
  • Workshop includes lunch

Cancellation Policy
Cancellations must be received in writing to ISACS by emailing 10 business days prior to the event to receive a 50% refund. Cancellations received within 10 days of the event will not receive a refund. Registration may be transferred to another member from the same school. ISACS reserves the right to cancel the workshop for insufficient enrollment. In this case, participants will be notified and given a full refund.

Questions? Please call 312-255-1244.

Member Cost: $275     Non-member Cost: $325


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